Disconnection II

Moved apartment today, from Jing’an to Laoximen (on the edge of the Old City). Nine-stories of additional elevation (up to 23), and a view over the Confucian Temple. Internet doesn’t come in until tomorrow, so a 24-hour Chaos Patch delay is unavoidable. Apologies for that. (Treat this one as an additional open thread, naturally.)

Should now be assisting with rifling through mountains of cardboard boxes …

Hazy Shanghai night, so this is the best I can do at providing a glimpse of the view looking north-west, towards Huaihai Lu:


ADDED: Latest from China Telecom — Internet installation to be delayed by another 24 hours (sigh). Here’s a pigeon:


ADDED: Still sunk in Internet nightmare (SH Tuesday).


May 29, 2016admin 21 Comments »


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  • Disconnection II | Neoreactive Says:

    […] Disconnection II […]

    Posted on May 29th, 2016 at 11:50 am Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    Looks like you may have the perfect view for enjoying a cigar. Or photographing the covers of sci-fi novels…


    Ah Pook Reply:

    I can only imagine admin having a cigarette in accordance with the Iron Law of Six. I cannot imagine an Amerikan cigar or pipe.


    Posted on May 29th, 2016 at 1:35 pm Reply | Quote
  • foam Says:

    23 keeps popping up.

    The NYT continues its coverage of the DAO:

    ‘Paper Points up Flaws in Venture Fund Based on Virtual Money’


    Not the kind of coverage Ethereum needs right now.

    Originator calls it a ‘media coup’ dismissing security concerns, vows instead to jam through the first dao proposal and unlock funds for himself.

    (hot tip: the people behind the dao are actually the villains in this story. Popcorn prepared for when the dao completely eats them alive)



    Posted on May 29th, 2016 at 1:43 pm Reply | Quote
  • grey enlightenment Says:

    Monday is holiday anyway, so delaying it a day is appropriate


    Posted on May 29th, 2016 at 8:48 pm Reply | Quote
  • Homemaster Says:

    What’s with the sudden focus on NRx and the Dark Enlightenment? It’s like the media just discovered it and obviously are moving to get rid of via hot takes.


    Posted on May 29th, 2016 at 8:57 pm Reply | Quote
  • Tom Says:

    I was just thinking “those buildings look really familiar, must be a common design trope in Shanghai” but then I looked at a map and realised you’re facing Xintiandi. During my sole stay in Shanghai my hotel room had a view of those same two buildings from the other side.

    Trivial, but mildly weird.


    Posted on May 29th, 2016 at 9:52 pm Reply | Quote
  • spandrell Says:



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    Posted on May 30th, 2016 at 6:54 am Reply | Quote
  • Grotesque Body Says:

    There’s a “shanghaied” joke in here somewhere.


    Posted on May 30th, 2016 at 1:18 pm Reply | Quote
  • Dale Rooster Says:

    Moving is always a pain. Hope the worst is over soon so that you can relax and enjoy your new abode!

    @homemaster: NRx and the DE, in contrast to the altright, might consider a strategic method of passivism by remaining cryptic, elusive, in the shadows.

    However, are The Procedure and passivism really harmonious? http://thefutureprimaeval.net/passivism-and-the-procedure/

    Seems as though this point is incorrect: “Passivism does not feed the hysteria of the system, which thrives on the spectre of radical right-wing activism and imagined Vast Right Wing Conspiracies. We accept that their rule is what it is and don’t resist; we are just planning and building for contingency. What is there to get worked up about?”

    The system will whip up hysteria so that it thrives on activism or passivism. Moreover, the system will define what activism is. If the Cathedral decides that merely discussing very bad, evil thoughts is activism, then that’s activism. Accepting the principles of passivism, accepting their rule, we would have to agree and comply, no?

    Does Moldbug himself have trouble reconciling Passivism and The Procedure: “Moreover, when democratic techniques are used to seize absolute power, the result is Hitler.Yet at the same time, we can’t expect the truth to triumph on its own…”http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/2008/07/olxii-what-is-to-be-done.html

    Later: “the starting point for a democoup is a program. Call it X. Success involves (a) convincing a large number of people to support the proposition that X should be done, and (b) organizing them to act collectively so as to make X happen….Supporters of a democoup propose a program of action, not a policy vision or a personality…. Who shall recruit the recruiters? It is difficult and expensive to find just one individual with these executive qualifications. Moreover, in a sovereign context, the filtering process itself will serve as a political football – many progressives might decide, for example, that only progressives can be trusted. It is impossible to end a fight by starting a new fight…

    This insane recruiting process cannot occur either under Plaingov or under Plaincorp. It cannot occur under Plaingov, because it will be subject to Plaingov politics and will carry those politics, which are uniformly poisonous, forward into Plaincorp. At this point the reset is not a reset. But it cannot occur under Plaincorp, because the trustees are needed to select the Receiver. And there can be no intervening period of anarchy. But there is a hack which can work around this obstacle….My favorite PHT defines the trustees as the set of all active, certified, nonstudent pilots who accept the responsibility of trusteeship, as of the termination date of Plaingov.” http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/2008/07/olxiii-tactics-and-structures-of-any.html

    “In order to make an impact on the political process, you need quantity. You need moronic, chanting hordes. There is no way around this…My view is that up until the very last stage of the reset, quality is everything and quantity is, if anything, undesirable.”


    SVErshov Reply:

    narrowing spatiotemporal frame of reference usually wroks unless most arguments (within this frame) already rendered unintelligible.


    Posted on May 30th, 2016 at 2:30 pm Reply | Quote
  • Xoth Says:

    Is the haze fog or smog?


    admin Reply:

    Most of what has historically been called ‘fog’ was really smog. (This certainly sticks to tradition.)


    SVErshov Reply:

    not much of an issue in coastal cities usually


    admin Reply:

    Hiccup. Now sorted.

    michael Reply:

    When i was a kid in catholic school I used to like torturing the polish nuns and later Jesuit priests and christian brothers with Darwin and Wilson. The whole dinosaur thing had led me to Darwin early and while Catholics, even polish nuns are not remotely creationist even in the early 60s the implications of evolutionary biology on morality were a touchy subject,and I tend toward utilitarian and rebellion so it was fun.
    Anyway your previous post reminded me of Teilhard de chardin who was my secret weapon when things got heated.I haven’t read him in decades and didnt completely get him even then, he an intelligent guy and Im [as one of the jesuits once explained] only a smart ass. However I I have occasionally smugly enjoyed anticipating his mention in a couple of articles in places like First Things. Anyway in this post on encephaltion acceleration he came to mind not so much for the HBD anthropology but his noos and omega point ideas which I also thought cool.
    I suppose since thats your wheelhouse you must have come across him but i realized in all my DENRx reading Id never heard him mentioned once and though despite being romantically attached to The Church and all things medieval as far as DENrx is concerned I think christianity is an intrinsically cucked religion and monarchs silly, [As you know Im not too keen on your AI robots enslave mankind idea either] Never the less if I wanted to make a dark case for the trichotomy Id probably look at Teilhard. But you hadnt a comment on that thread to respond to.


    Grotesque Body Reply:

    It doesn’t matter whether the smog is white or black.


    Posted on May 31st, 2016 at 11:33 am Reply | Quote
  • anonyme Says:

    “When the first B-29s attacked Tokyo in November of 1944, it was expected that Kyoto would be raided at any time. It became my secret dream that all Kyoto should be wrapped in flames. This city was too anxious to preserve its old things just as they were; the multifarious shrines and temples were forgetting the memories of the red-hot ash that had been born from inside.

    When I imagined how the Great Battle of Ojin had laid waste to this city, I felt that Kyoto had lost part of its beauty from having too long forgotten the unrest of war fires.”

    Yukio Mishima


    Posted on July 14th, 2016 at 1:23 pm Reply | Quote

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